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Road To Happiness

Published 1941

A down-and-out singer turns to radio acting and finds his life turned around.

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Run time 1:14:01
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: pushpendra18 - - June 5, 2015
Subject: Delightful movie - never give up
This is such a beautiful movie. I accidentally watched this when I had recently left my job and was unemployed. I have always believed in signs that life gives us.

Perhaps, this is all I needed. Thank you so much for uploading this wonderful classic movie.

Lots of love,
Vasai, India
Reviewer: katperrr - - May 8, 2014
Subject: Road to
Second time watching this and it's just as good!
Reviewer: Kodachrome - - August 6, 2012
Subject: More sappy than I prefer...
...but well played. Overall, not a bad way to spend slightly more than an hour.
Reviewer: almpvnj22 - - August 5, 2012
Subject: Wonderful movie
I'm so glad i took the time to watch this wonderful film, it definitely tugs at your heart especially to someone who was faced with the heartbreaking decision of what would be best for my son-to keep him with me or to let him go with his father who could give him everything i couldn't-I'm still drying my eyes...well worth watching!
Reviewer: splue - - May 8, 2011
Subject: road
2 siam, man
Reviewer: Dark Moon - - May 6, 2011
Subject: All that, and opera, too!

Hadn't heard of John Boles before. Glad to have discovered him, but sad to know I've been missing out. Here is about as sweet and smooth a bel canto voice as you could want. Mario Lanza, move over!

I am saddened to learn from mgconlan-1's review on IMDb that this print of Road to Happiness has been edited down, with several scenes and one musical number (America) having been removed. Besides that, it also has numerous repair splices that disrupt dialogue just a little bit. Still, in this culture of scarcity, one learns to be grateful for what one can get.
Reviewer: AnnSmithy - - January 10, 2011
Subject: Good Parent Bad Parent
The black and whites never fail to be unique stories, and this one is the story of a boy raised in Brooklyn with out his mother. She is a socialite who doesn't care about her past family. She has a new husband and money to spend with shallow friends to enjoy it with. The father is built on character and his son is a shadow of his father. He knows his father is a grand man and he only supports him and hurts that anyone would mock him. The road to happiness was sad to he gets his music career again where he shines for the big shots and everyone else too.
Reviewer: sciwriter - - January 9, 2011
Subject: Enjoyable movie
John Boles performance of the lead role in the movie Desert song (1929) in which he sang the Riff song was excellent:
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - - January 9, 2011
Subject: Billy Lee steals the show
That kid could flat act even though he was a bit sappy, but he was the good kind of sappy.. The kind of sappy any parent would be proud to call son..
My son wasn't quite as sappy, but I love him anyway.
Now me on the other hand... I drip out of trees when they have holes in them. maybe that's why some people think I'm a drip.
Anyway..great movie and I still wanted to go back in time, grab those clods at the party and strangle each and every one of them, mom included. What a know..
Reviewer: kareneliot - - November 8, 2010
Subject: What a delight that was!
I really enjoyed everything about this one.

The story was great, the acting was great, it moved well, it was fun in places, it tugged at my heart-strings in others.

It was entertaining and enjoyable and I give my highest recommendation to watch it.
Reviewer: JohnBolesGal - - October 19, 2010
Subject: Road to Happiness
Yes, John Boles does his own singing. He was a classically trained opera star, spoke French fluently and was a spy in Bulgaria, Turkey and France during WWI. I love this movie, although at times the dialogue is corny. But no fault of the actors. Great when John makes the Whistler reference to Mona Barrie...Not a bad movie for John's comeback after taking some years off to do personal tours. It was actually billed as "John Boles' Comeback Film!"
Reviewer: doowopbob - - March 4, 2010
Subject: The Road....
....To Happiness Is Paved With Tears..Screw The Trip and Grab Some Beers..You'll Neen 'Em For This Epic..!
Reviewer: bestpbx - - November 26, 2009
Subject: Good ol' fashioned "feel good" movie
The kid is good in this movie and the story is corny but well worth watching.
Reviewer: ERD. - - November 21, 2009
Subject: Road To Happiness is a charmer
Perhaps "ROAD TO HAPPINESS" (1941) is overly sentimental when compared to the films of today, but I enjoyed the story and felt the performances of John Boles and Blly Lee really clicked.
Reviewer: jcliff - - February 19, 2009
Subject: it's grrreat!!
I love this movie.I will watch it again.I give it 4 stars.
Reviewer: jimelena - - May 15, 2008
Subject: Corny
It's pure corn alright.
But it's sweet corn.
Reviewer: robcat2075 - - September 16, 2006
Subject: A real charmer!
A slight movie but a very happy one to watch. I'm presuming John Boles is doing his own singing, it sounds quite good. IMDB lists him in several musicals.

Sometimes the Billy Lee's performance as Danny is a bit mechanical, but other times he really nails it.

You can see several depression era themes at work here. "Opera" as the height of culture. "Divorce" as evil. And "the rich" as thoughtless self-indulgents.

In another time and place Mr. Carter and Mr. Rankin could have ditched Mrs. Rankin and gotten married themselves to take care of Danny, since they seemed to have more concern for him than his mother. Maybe in 2041.
Reviewer: Luvbeinawmn - - April 19, 2006
Subject: Don't Miss this!
This is a true "classic". A feel-good, movie if there ever was one. Father and son, struggling together to make a life for themselves. The acting is great and the story believable. You'll kick yourself if you don't watch this one. I give it...stars but, since there are only 5 stars available...!
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